National Geographic : 1934 Mar
Photograph by L. Perez Parra AN INDIAN WOMAN PREPARES RUSHES FOR WEAVING A MAT Since Aztec times Mexico has used the straw mat, or petate, most com mon of all household objects. From the cradle to the grave, even in folklore and proverbs, it figures in the daily life of every peon (see text, page 355). Photograph by International News WEEDS AND STRAWWERE USED TO CREATE THIS HORSEMAN Though Mexican peonsmay not have heard of modernistic art, the crude toys they make are widely popular among children below the Rio Grande. This realistic rider, with his lasso and holster, isblowing abugle.